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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Hans Brinker and the Canadian Olympics

It's been awhile since I've posted.
Not that I didn't want to.
I haven't had the time or the energy.
It's a good thing I don't make money doing this!
While I enjoy it, it is time consuming.
 I've been busy working, keeping up with family duties, volunteering,
and watching the Olympics.
Go Canada!!
How about our Canadian Women's Hockey Team eh?
So proud of them!
All of Canada is eagerly awaiting Sunday morning for the men's hockey team against Sweden.
Alarm clocks are set for 6:30 am to be awake when the puck hits the ice.
The only time I watch sports is during the Olympics or FIFA which is coming up soon.
There is something special when nations come together to compete and root for their teams.
Besides Canada, I also root for the Netherlands, home country to my parents.
They have dominated the Speed Skating sport this year.
The Dutch have always been known for their love of skating.
There were and are so many canals that skating is easily accessible.(When it freezes!)
This is an antique picture of a pair of skates. They were tied onto the shoes or boots they were wearing.
This is how my parents skated when they were young.

Vintage picture of a Dutch couple skating arm in arm. (and one on his tush)
This reminds me of the story of Hans Brinker.
I found a copy of the book in an antique store a few years ago,
and being Dutch, I had to get it.

There is no copyright date in this book, but was probably in the 1930's.
 The first book was published in 1865. (Sorry for the glare)
The pages are nice and dark and stained and smell old.
I had to chuckle when I read the first few lines of this chapter.
We've lost some of our snow with the rain and sunshine.
Looking so forward to Spring!
Blessings to you!


  1. Diane ~ you make me smile. Being dutch I love all of the speed skating events and I can just envision the dutch skating on the dykes in Holland. Love the pic of the old skates and I love that you snagged that book ~! By the way, have you ever been to the Holland House in Iona, Ontario? It's a must go. They have all kinds of duty delft blue tiles, like your lovely one.
    Have a wonderful day

    1. No, I've never been. Will definitely check it out!


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